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Aker Australia bags three innovation patents for krill oil production

Krill oil harvester Aker BioMarine has added to its intellectual property collection with three new Australian innovation patents.

Australia

Researchers developing nutrient super pill to combat depression

Scientists taking part in a joint study by two Australian universities say they hope their research will help people suffering from clinical depression by offering them new combination of nutrient-based...

Czech Republic confiscates 110kg of Indian botanicals

Czech Customs authorities recently seized a shipment of Indian botanicals and have initiated proceedings against the importer, Haveli Foods.

From lab to field: Breeding-out Australia’s ‘most costly’ wheat disease

Australian farmers are reaping the benefits of yellow spot-resistant wheat, developed by a team of researchers using gene deletion.

Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice may aid blood sugar management for diabetics: Human data

Daily consumption of pomegranate juice may help control blood sugar levels in type-2 diabetics, as well as improving the function of beta cells in the pancreas, say data from a...

Australia-China

Sweet sorghum research project could ‘revitalise the sugar industry’

A joint project between researchers in Queensland and China to derive sugars from sorghum could result in extraordinary social, economic and environmental benefits for future generations.

Chr. Hansen wins landmark probiotics health claim in South Korea

Bioscience company Chr. Hansen’s Urex product has become the first probiotic to win an approved health claim in South Korea.

Kohjin presents evidence of blood uptake of its glutathione

Kohjin Life Sciences says new information now published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry proves the blood plasma uptake of its glutathione dervied from torula yeast.

High-acid drinks can permanently damage young people’s teeth: Study

Drinks with high acidic content can cause a permanent damage to teeth within the first 30 seconds of consumption, an Australian study has found.

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Kellogg launches Special K Nourish in Australia

Kellogg has launched Special K Nourish in Australia – a three-grain cold cereal variety that marks part of its 2014 brand revamp.

Aussie dairies jumping on A2 protein bandwagon to 'cream consumers': Choice

Australian consumer group Choice has blasted dairies Down Under for attempting to milk the public using health claims relating to A2 beta casein protein. 

India-Australia

Hindus outraged by beef and alcohol use in Heinz juice manufacturing

A prominent Hindu leader has demanded an apology from Heinz Australia, which he claims concealed the use of alcohol and beef-derived gelatine in the production of some of its juice...

DSM reads 'fini' in green tea and leaves it to Japanese

Dutch-Swiss ingredients giant DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) has called ‘time’ on Teavigo, a decade after launching the proprietary, weight management-focused green tea extract.

New Zealand

Taura claims its fruit pieces are the world's smallest

Kiwi fruit products company Taura Natural Ingredients has introduced what it claims is possibly the world’s smallest real fruit pieces.

China

'Health food' too broad for effective supplements regulation

The US-China Health Products Association has once again urged regulators to replace the term “health food” with “dietary supplement” in a submission to food authorities concerning the recent draft reform...

High-salt diet could double threat of heart disease in people with diabetes: Study

People with type 2 diabetes who eat a diet high in salt may face twice the risk of developing cardiovascular disease as those who consume less sodium, according to new research.

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Chinese omega-3 supplier wins sustainable seal

Chinese omega-3 player KinOmega has won sustainability backing from Friends of the Sea.

Ashwagandha ingredient may counter endothelial dysfunction in diabetics: RCT

Daily supplements of an extract from ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) may improve the health of cells lining the blood vessels, and reduce levels of markers of oxidative stress and inflammation in type-2...

China

New draft law is a step in the right direction for supps exporters

A recent draft reform of China’s Food Safety Law, which is now available for public comment, is a great improvement for supplements exporters who have been increasingly frustrated at the...

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Government must match changing tastes with preventative health policy

Following the recent publication of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report on the nation’s health, which shows a growing trend among individuals to take responsibility for their health,...

Oil palm genetics may provide more reliable clues for ripeness

New genetic research could help palm oil producers to improve yields by aiding them in knowing when fruit is ripe, say scientists.

Calcium and vitamin D may improve metabolic profile of women with 'pregnancy diabetes'

Supplementation of vitamin D and calcium may reduce fasting plasma glucose and insulin, improve insulin sensitivity and reduce low-density lipoprotein 'bad' cholesterol while boosting 'good' cholesterol for women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM), according to Iranian researchers....

Australia

Some Aussie sports supps could contain hidden ban-risking ingredients

A number of athletic nutritional supplements on sale in Australia are secretly fortified with androgens, a group of compounds that could lead athletes to be banned from competition.

France considers ‘traffic light’ labelling as UK MEP hits back at EU threat of court case

France's health minister has put forward plans for the country’s own ‘traffic light’ nutrition labelling system; meanwhile a UK Member of the European Parliament (MEP) has defended the UK’s debated...

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